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Announcing Season 13

October to April
Screenings on Thursdays

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Masters: Abbas Kiarostami

Effortlessly blurring the lines between fiction and reality, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s rich cinematic legacy is showcased through five universally humanistic works.

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FOCUS: sexuality

Featuring films from the 1920s up to the 1990s, this globe-spanning series explores how sexuality over the course of the last century has paralleled the development of cinematic language itself.

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Spotlight: taiwanese new wave

In the mid 1980s a batch of young Taiwanese filmmakers, including Hou Hsiao-hsien, Edward Yang, and Tsai Ming-liang, pursued a radical break from the previous stylistic and aesthetic traditions, favouring location shooting, long takes, and deliberate editing to reflect the rapidly changing world around them. Their collective work resulted in of film history’s most influential movements.

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Contemporary World Cinema

Meticulously handpicked throughout the year, our Contemporary World Cinema Series brings films fresh off the festival circuit to Calgary. These films would not make it here otherwise, and are often never shown on the big screen again.

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Library Screening Series

For the third year in a row, Calgary Cinematheque is excited to present free monthly screenings at the architecturally celebrated new Central Library.

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Who Are We?

We are a non-profit film society dedicated to presenting significant, challenging, and essential works of cinema art in Calgary. 

During our season, which runs from October to April, we screen films weekly, in curated programs which situate each film in a thematic and historical context.

We do this because we believe cinema is an essential form of artistic, social, and political expression. Audiences should be able to engage with a wide range of cinematic expression, not only with what is commercially viable. We believe in the power of sharing these experiences with other people in a theatrical setting and we strive to cultivate a community around that experience.

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